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Tests never lie. Or do they? Sometimes even taking a pregnancy test -- something that should feel like a pretty accurate barometer for whether or not you're in the family way -- can feel like reading tea leaves.
Can a test be wrong?
"Ask your doctor for a blood test -- they're more accurate than urine tests." -- jbhaleyrm
"Stress could be to blame for the missed period -- but a blood test will tell you for sure." -- alejen
"My friend was pregnant and knew it but couldn't get a home pregnancy test to say positive. She got a blood test and found out she was three months along!" -- TheMillerFamily
"I had a feeling I was pregnant when I was only about four weeks along. I went to the doctor at seven weeks and the test came back positive. I went home and tried a home pregnancy test and it still said negative. A HPT didn't come up positive until I was about ten weeks along." -- APlessy
It's rare, but possible to get a false-positive from a home pregnancy test. False-negatives are more common and could be because:
You tested too early -- For the most accurate results, test a week after a missed period.
You timed the test wrong -- Test within 15 minutes of collecting a urine sample.
The urine was diluted -- Test in the morning, when urine is the most concentrated.
Have you ever gotten a negative test result only to find out that you were actually pregnant?